Gibbet Gib"bet, n. [OE. gibet, F. gibet, in OF. also club, fr. LL. gibetum;; cf. OF. gibe sort of sickle or hook, It. giubbetto gibbet, and giubbetta, dim. of giubba mane, also, an under waistcoat, doublet, Prov. It. gibba (cf. {Jupon}); so that it perhaps originally signified a halter, a rope round the neck of malefactors; or it is, perhaps, derived fr. L. gibbus hunched, humped, E. gibbous; or cf. E. jib a sail.] [1913 Webster] 1. A kind of gallows; an upright post with an arm projecting from the top, on which, formerly, malefactors were hanged in chains, and their bodies allowed to remain as a warning. [1913 Webster]

2. The projecting arm of a crane, from which the load is suspended; the jib. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • gibbet — Gibbet, Gabalus, Patibulum, Crux. Attacher à un gibbet, Cruci suffigere, et in crucem. Mener au gibbet, In crucem rapere. Pendre au gibbet, In crucem tollere. Pendu au gibbet, Patibulatus. Va au gibbet, I in crucem. Que gibbet veut dire cela?… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Gibbet — Gib bet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gibbeted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gibbeting}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To hang and expose on a gibbet. [1913 Webster] 2. To expose to infamy; to blacken. [1913 Webster] I ll gibbet up his name. Oldham. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gibbet — historical ► NOUN 1) a gallows. 2) an upright post with an arm on which the bodies of executed criminals were left hanging as a warning to others. ► VERB (gibbeted, gibbeting) ▪ hang up on a gibbet or execute by hanging. ORIGIN Old French gibet… …   English terms dictionary

  • gibbet — [jib′it] n. [ME gibet, gallows, forked stick < OFr, dim. < Frank * gibb, forked stick] 1. a gallows 2. a structure like a gallows, from which bodies of criminals already executed were hung and exposed to public scorn vt. 1. to execute by… …   English World dictionary

  • Gibbet — (engl., spr. Dsjibbit), eine Art Guillotine, s.d …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • gibbet — index defame, denigrate, denounce (condemn), pillory, sully Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • gibbet — (n.) early 13c., gallows, from O.Fr. gibet gallows; a bent stick, dim. of gibe club, perhaps from Frankish *gibb forked stick. The verb meaning to kill by hanging is from 1590s. Related: Gibbeted; gibbeting. Originally synonymous with GALLOWS sb …   Etymology dictionary

  • Gibbet — See also Halifax gibbet, a kind of guillotine. The reconstructed gallows style gibbet at Caxton Gibbet, in Cambridgeshire, England. A gibbet (pronounced /ˈdʒɪbɪt/) is a gallows type structure from which the dead bodies of exec …   Wikipedia

  • gibbet — I. noun Etymology: Middle English gibet, from Anglo French Date: 13th century 1. gallows 1a 2. an upright post with a projecting arm for hanging the bodies of executed criminals as a warning II. transitive verb Date: 1646 1. a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gibbet — /jib it/, n., v., gibbeted, gibbeting. n. 1. a gallows with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of criminals were formerly hung in chains and left suspended after execution. v.t. 2. to hang on a gibbet. 3. to put to death by… …   Universalium

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